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Norman J. MARTINELLI Obituary

Norman J. Martinelli, 90, of East Berlin, widower of Marguerite (Skene) Martinelli, died Friday at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, following a brief illness. Born in New Britain, the oldest of nine children, born to the late John and the late Aurellia (Baraglia) Martinelli, he graduated from New Britain High School and worked as an expeditor at New Britain Machine until entering WWII as a member of the US Army where he was awarded The Purple Heart for wounds suffered during his service. Upon his discharge, he was employed by the Coca Cola Bottling Company of East Hartford until his retirement fifty years later as special events manager. He gave generously of his time, money, and skills, and actively participated in many civic and religious fund raising events. He was a member and Trustee Emeritus of Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin, a past president of The Berlin Lions Club who honored him as a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Knight of the Blind, a member and Director Emeritus of CCARC of New Britain who selected him Person of the Year and sponsored his run as torch bearer in the 1996 Olympic Torch Worldwide Relay, a member of the Boards of the Berlin VNA and the Oakwood School for the Blind, and a member of The East Berlin Volunteer Fire Department. He was also honored by the East Catholic High School who enrolled him in their Hall of Fame, a United Way Volunteer of the Year, and received the prestigious St. Joseph Medal from the Hartford Archdiocese. He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Lorraine Martinelli in Florida; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ida "Marti" Witt and her husband Frank of Rocky Hill, and Gloria Careb of Waterbury; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews. In addition to his wife and his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Henry Martinelli; and three sisters, Loretta and Mary Martinelli, and Jane M. Philippon.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. directly at Sacred Heart Church, 66 Cottage Street, East Berlin. Burial will follow in Wilcox Cemetery, East Berlin. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Berlin, on Wednesday from 5-8pm. The Berlin Lions Club will meet for a service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to a . Directions to the funeral home can be found at www.portersfuneral.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 12, 2012
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